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MCB Peer Advising Interns

MCB Peer Advisors are a small group of accomplished MCB majors who help the MCB Advising unit serve our students.  We are particularly helpful at providing advice on how to cultivate excellent study habits that will help students be successful MCB majors. We are also great at giving advice on fun and useful general education courses, electives and advanced MCB courses.  We are available at the beginning of the semester and during registration to help you make changes to your schedule or generally navigate the Enterprise registration system.  Please read our profiles and become familiar with us .  We look forward to seeing you during MCB Express Advising hours.


Name: Samiha Zahin Khan (Co-Coordinator of Peer Advising) - congratulations on graduating in Spring 2018!
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Pharmacy
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): 150, 252/253
Advanced MCB course(s) taken: 354
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: PHIL 110, BTW 250, SOCW 297
Favorite Place to Study: my apartment, Chemistry Library, President lounge (Illini Union)
Hobbies/Interests: reading, cooking.


Name: Terra Scranton (Co-Coordinator of Peer Advising) - congratulations on graduating in Spring 2018!
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology Honors Concentration, Neuroscience Certificate
Minor: Chemistry and (possibly) Informatics
Career Goals: Physician in Neurology, Oncology, Reproductive Medicine, or Internal Medicine
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 150 and MCB 250
MCB Advanced Courses: I am taking MCB 436 (Global Biosecurity) in Fall 2016
Recommended Gen-Ed courses: LING 111, GWS 100
Favorite Place to Study: Burrill Hall, ACES Library, LAS Honors Commons
Hobbies/Interests: I like to read, play Halo on my Xbox One, watch Netflix/HBO Go/YouTube videos, help incoming students, and learn from documentaries/Ted Talks.
Research: In Fall 2016, I will be in Catherine Christian's lab working on projects related to neurology, neuroendocrinology, and epilepsy.


Name: Mayuri Yasuda
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology 
Minor: Spanish
Career Goals: Medicine 
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 150, MCB 252
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: SHS 222, DANC 100
Favorite Place to Study: UGL or ACES Library
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, Drawing/Painting, Watching baseball
Research: I am currently a member of Benita S. Katzenellenbogen's lab and we study the regulation of cell proliferation and phenotypic properties of breast cancer cells to better develop endocrine therapies in breast cancer


Agilda Dema Name: Agilda Dema - congratulations on graduating in Spring 2018!
Year in School: Senior
Major(s): MCB, Psychology
Minor(s): Chemistry
Hobbies/Activities: Aside from performing research at the Beckman Institute and volunteering at Avicenna Medical Clinic, I enjoy traveling, binge-watching Grey's Anatomy, and spending time with family and friends.
Favorite Place to Study: Grainger Engineering Library
Favorite Restaurant in Champaign/Urbana: Manolo's
Why you chose the U of I: My favorite part about the U of I is the diversity of people. I came from a pretty small high school and people were roughly of the same demographic. At the University of Illinois, I've gained a lot of perspective from the people I've met. I also love the opportunities that are available. You have the ability to get involved in research, get an internship, study abroad, join one (or more) of over 1,400 student organizations, and the list goes on and on. These variety of opportunities allow you to explore the things you're passionate about.
Favorite things about MCB: MCB is a major that allows you to explore biology in greater detail than you have before. I've sat in class before listening in awe about the different factors that contribute to the diversity of an organism. One of the multiple reasons why I picked MCB as my major is because it is very applicable. Professors do a great job relating lectures to relevant topics such as cancer, advancements in medicine, diseases, etc. This applicability is a great asset if you are considering a pre-health track. MCB also provides many opportunities for research. There are a variety of different labs for MCB students so it's not difficult to find a topic that you're interested about.